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Careers Past, Present, and Future

Well, it's been a while since I talked about my fondly-remembered run at Wendy's. Excuse me while I vomit.

With that out of the way... I started as crew in the Patchogue, NY Wendy's when I was in high school, and I left as a supervisor 6 1/2 years later (1999 - 2005). The departure happened to fall on my 23rd birthday (what a way to celebrate!), and it was only two days before I moved to Florida. At 6 1/2 years, that first job had the distinction of being my longest-running one.

Until today.

My first TV job has today matched Wendy's for length of employment, snatching away it's record. Directing TV newscasts is quite different from running a restaurant shift, of course (better-different), and Lord willing I expect to keep my position at Waterman Broadcasting for years to come. In this industry, however, one is prone to move to bigger and bigger cities. I wonder from time to time if I might be passing up opportunities outside of Fort Myers.

I've chosen this occasion to mull over the career path ahead. The economy being bad might make things progress more slowly, but that wouldn't stop me from trying something I wanted. Fact is, the goals I set 15 years ago have shifted somewhat. The collapse of my TV DXing hobby knocked the wind out of my sails on this specific career path (it had originally been inspired by the hobby). I'm no longer fixated on local TV stations, which isn't a bad thing (it opens up cable outlets, internet, and many other places) but does put me back at square one. What dreams do I have now? How do I go from here to there? How fast?

The novel is the biggest new factor in all this. I'd like to continue writing and see how the Lord blesses me. I'm not planning to write full time, but Christian media is growing and I might get a work opportunity I didn't expect. I can take comfort knowing that my interests still remain in media, where my college degree applies. I still haven't finished paying for it, after all. :)

I figured when I moved that I would be a Floridian for life, and I really do like this state, but I didn't necessary plan to stay in Fort Myers. After six years, though, I'm still happy here. The job is good and, as a bachelor anyway, the pay will be comfy once the student loans are gone. I may yet go on to Tampa or Miami, but at the age of 29 I'm in no rush.

So in summary: I stay in TV to pay the bills while cultivating a career in Christian fiction, one not necessarily limited to novels.

Oh, and I never work in Wendy's again. Customer service is far behind me and I like it fine there. :D

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